Thursday, February 17, 2011
The Invention of Writing
Most historians agree that more than any other human achievement, it was the invention of writing that untimately brought the seeds of “civilization” to fruition. The taking of this unprecedented step some 5000 years ago made it possible to preserve thoughts and experiences that had previously been entrusted to the realm of oral tradition, wisdom passed generation to generation with hopes that key elements wouldn’t be lost. Essentially, the invention of writing provided a maintenance of social ideas that allowed complex societies to develop and empires to be built. Read more . . .